Police have arrested two men and are seeking two others who allegedly broke into a Braintree home to steal copper wire and electrical fixtures.
According to police, homeowners returned to their house on the 1900 block of Washington Street to find a large quantity of copper wire stolen.
Police said a copper fuel line was even ripped off the oil tank, causing heating oil to spill onto the basement floor.
The break was reported on the morning of May 23.
Investigators later learned that a state trooper that morning had encountered four people in the Quincy quarries with a quantity of copper wiring. At the time, detectives did not know where the wire was from.
Working with the state police, Braintree police located the area in the quarries where the trooper found the four men, who had been burning the plastic coating off the copper wires. Evidence was collected and compared to other wiring and items at the victimized house.
Following the investigation, two of the four individuals encountered by the trooper were questioned. As a result of their statements and the evidence found, police believe two of the four men were the ones who broke into the Braintree home.
Warrants charging the two men with breaking and entering and malicious destruction to property have been sought in Quincy District Court.
The names of the two men – a 28-year-old from Ashland and a 27-year-old believed to be homeless – have not been released as they have not yet been charged.